The Cincinnati Reds had one of the most exciting off-seasons in franchise history this winter. The Reds brought in Yasiel Puig, Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp and Tanner Roark. Bringing in that amount of talent obviously provided excitement for a starving fan base. The Reds were also coming off a 2018 season which featured their worst start in franchise history, when the Reds started the year 3-18. The last thing the Reds wanted this year was a slow start.
The Reds have started the 2019 season 1-4.
This might sounds crazy to some, but I am just as optimistic of the Reds in 2019 as I was last week. Here is why:
The Reds have lost the last three games by a combined three runs. These loses of course came to the team that won the most games in the National League a season ago. If the Reds get literally one more hit in any of those three games, there could be an entirely different record.
Luis Castillo looks like a legit top of the rotation starter. Through first two starts: 12.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 7 BB, 17 K, 1.42 ERA, 2.12 FIP. Anthony DeSclafani is also healthy for once to start a year, and he had a very good first start as well. These two guys were the holdovers from last years miserable rotation that has been overhauled. Big steps forward from these two will really lengthen the rotation.
The Reds hitter will start…..hitting. The Reds outfield of Scott Schebler, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Jesse Winker are a combined 4 for 48 (.083). All four of those guys are projected to be above average hitters in 2019. They will start hitting, just give it some time. The notion that Scott Schebler has completely forgot to hit seems silly since he is coming off a spring where he hit .342/.490/.579. The Reds are heading to the lovely PNC Park in Pittsburgh today, and the weather forecast is 53, 56, 66 and 72 degrees for the four games. Hopefully some warm weather with a terrific backdrop will get the fellas going.
Raisel Iglesias has not forgot how to pitch. MLB Network’s Brian Kenny ranked Iglesias as the 4th best relief pitcher in all of baseball this off-season and there is good reason for that. When Iglesias gets rolling, the rest of the bullpen will look a lot better.
There are certainly still some questions marks with Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark. The Reds are banking on Derek Johnson being able to fix Gray and Roark has the look of a pitcher who could be on the verge of a major decline. Reds pitcher have also walked 31 batters in 5 games, which is concerning.
One important thing to remember is that reinforcements are on the way. The Reds will be getting Alex Wood, Scooter Gennett and Nick Senzel back at some point in the near future. I know that the first week has certainly been frustrating, but keep the faith Nation! How a team starts the season does not mean a lot over the course of 162 games. It’s a loooooooong season.
The Cubs are 1-4 also.
#Reds record through first four games over last 10 years
— Gingersaurus Rex (@HeyGingersaurus) April 3, 2019